Thursday, November 30, 2006

Mee-Yow Thursday

Some of the things that happened behind the scenes of White Christmas (1954) were not so jolly.
For example, all of Vera-Ellen's costumes, down to her robe and sleepwear, had to be designed to cover high up her neck, as her anorexia aged the skin beyond its years. (Vera-Ellen is the woman on the right.)

...And the Winners are...

It's the end of our month-long celebration for Sweepea's Lounge 1-year Anniversary, and the contest is over. Our winners are Tink from Seattle, WA and Bill from Ottawa in Canada!

Thanks to all who entered! Unfortunately I couldn't give prizes to all ya'll.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

A Different Charlie Brown Christmas Special

I usually don't get in to the political stuff, but this is just too funny to pass up. So wrong, but so funny. It's a Jihad Christmas, Charlie Brown!

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

May the Holidays Be With You

With Christmas fast approaching, it's time to bust out the best and the worst of the holidays. Let us begin with Exhibit A: The Star Wars Holiday Special. Broadcast in November of 1978 on CBS-TV, this special had a horrible story, worse songs (one sung by the pitchy Carrie Fisher), and cheesy effects. I like schmaltz, but this is even too much for me.

George Lucas has been quoted as saying, "If I had the time and a sledgehammer, I would track down every copy of that show and smash it." It's no surprise that it has never been re-aired since 1978. Even Harrison Ford looks as if he was acting by gun blasterpoint. Anyway, here's just a snippet:

Monday, November 20, 2006

Happy Anniversary, Sweepea's Lounge

Tomorrow will be our ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY, but since I'll be out of town this week due to Thanksgiving, I thought I'd post this today.

Wow!! It's been a whole year, and so much has changed! We used to be pink, and I used to be a blonde! So...taking a walk down memory lane, here's some of our momentous firsts:

First Post Eh-vah! (and first mention of Errol Flynn)
First "Va Va Voom" Star of the Day: Julie London
First Star Sighting of the Day: Sean Maguire. Now he's on that one sitcom with the guy who does that thing...
First Dumpster Drama... Act I, people!
First Must-Rent Movie: Sunset Blvd

...and as they say at the end of the birthday song: "and many more...!!" Have a happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 17, 2006

Romance Cheese Friday

This week's romance novel tidbit comes from The Seduction (even though it doesn't seem to be working to well for me...):
"At last," he said, his mouth moving over her. The heat in the room intensified as Jordan let his hands stroke her body.

Theresa was panting, her eyes glazed ..."I can't believe you made me wait," she managed as he thrust gently against her.

"It was necessary," he whispered between kisses. "To make me smart enough to realize I deserved you." Then he took them over the top.
...And I swear, that's the end of the chapter. "Over the top"? What's that supposed to mean? Were they driving up a hill or something? And what did he take over the top? Sometimes I think these novels are just so unclear. At least my hair looks good.

Guess the Logo! Game

You see these logos you think you could identify the right ones? Try this fun and quick game Guess the Logo.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Commercialism Killed the Radio Star

Retrocrush has provided a list of Favorite Retro Pop Songs Ruined in Commercials:

1. Maxwell House Coffee destroys "Our House" by Madness
2. Windows XP commercial with Madonna's hit "Ray of Light"
3. Dr. Pepper destroys "Turning Japanese" by The Vapors
4. Colgate Pump uses the Madness song "Baggy Trousers"
5. Kohl's uses "In a Big Country" by Big Country
6. Levi's uses "Tainted Love" by Soft Cell
7. HP uses "Pictures of You" by the Cure
8. Swifter ruins Devo's "Whip It"
9. AT&T ruins Oasis's "All Around the World"
10. KFC uses "Sweet Home Alabama" by Lynyrd Skynyrd
11. Kraft destroys EMF'S "Unbelievable" (this has to be the worst of them all -- "Crumbelievable"?? Pah-leeze...)

To see the other commercials, visit their site yourself, punk.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Hello, Norma Jean

I saw a Moxied episode of Quantum Leap last night entitled "Goodbye, Norma Jean," where Sam leaps into the body of Marilyn Monroe's driver. He has to get her to the set of "The Misfits" so that she can complete the movie before her alleged suicide. An odd mission, seeing as how this wasn't the last film she worked on. She went on to film "Something's Got to Give" the following year with Dean Martin but it was never completed because of her death.

Anyway, I was fascinated by the woman who plays Marilyn Monroe, named Susan Griffiths. Not only did she look like Marilyn (not just your typical big eyelashes and platinum wig) but she sounded like her, too. Looking her up on the net, I found that she has an extensive career as a Marilyn-impersonator, even being featured in big films like "Pulp Fiction."

Check out her resume and a short film reel of her work at her website.

Friday, November 10, 2006

Dumpster Drama: Act XVII

Well, it's time for another Dumpster Drama, or what I witness outside my bedroom window at God-forsaken hours.

Some new guy has moved in to our building. This is weird in itself, seeing as how our building is being demolished in February. Why would the management company take new people? Oh yeah -- money.

Anyhoo, New Guy is still finding his bearings in the building. He's rather young, and seems a bit lost and naive. Twice I've had to lend him my laundry key because he's locked himself out from of the laundry room. But last night was what can only be called a sitcom moment.

It's 2:00 in the morning and I hear Newbie trudging into the carport area near the dumpster to throw out trash. He tosses it in, and then I hear him say an expletive. I sit up and look out the window. He's gone inside the dumpster, rummaging through it for something he mistakenly threw in. I guess he's never heard the saying, "Don't throw out the baby with the bath water."

Now curious as to what is so important as to wade through garbage and filth, I lean farther to see. He's knee deep in garbage, throwing things aside to look. A couple minutes later he steps out of the dumpster, cursing. He's brushing himself off and mumbling obscentities when his eye catches something. He bends down and picks up the object -- it's a plastic trash can lid. So that's what he was looking for! The lid to his own trashcan. But it wasn't in the dumpster that he just spent time wading through, it was on the ground the entire time.

Supremely pissed off at this point, he throws the lid across the carport and shouts out more expletives. At this point all I can do is stifle a laugh.

Poor guy.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Mee-Yow Thursday

During filming of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes Marilyn Monroe kept insisting on retakes despite the director, Howard Hawks' approval of each take.

When the production company asked Hawks how work could be sped up, he retorted: "Three wonderful ideas: replace Marilyn, rewrite the script to make it shorter, and get a new director."

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Classic Quote of the Day

"The public has always expected me to be a playboy, and a decent chap never lets his public down."

-- Errol Flynn

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

"Va Va Voom" Star of the Day

Peter Lawford
Saturday morning I fell in love. I was watching the Esther Williams' flick On An Island With You, and her leading man was a tall, tan wonderful navy pilot. His soft voice, his big puppy eyes, his thick eyebrows, and his gleaming white smile made my heart melt. And I was completely transfixed by the 1948 version of Peter Lawford. (Don't we look cute together?)

British-born, Peter's parents were un-wed when he was conceived. This caused a scandal that drove the family to the United States, where they travelled constantly. Because of his family's travels, Peter was never formally educated, and his lack of education was a sore subject. It contributed to his feelings of inadequacy later on as a member of the Kennedy family (his brother-in-law was JFK), and throughout his adult life.

Injuring his arm in a childhood accident kept Peter from entering World War II, the greatest thing that could happen to his acting career. Hollywood was infatuated with heroic Englishmen and as war movies were being churned out by the dozens. Peter Lawford was just what America was looking for.

Once he signed with MGM, his mother insisted that studio head Louis B. Mayer pay her a salary as Peter's personal assistant. Mayer declined, so Mrs. Lawford responded by claiming her son to be homosexual and that he needed to be "supervised". When Peter learned of his mother's actions their relationship was never the same.

Perhaps to prove to everyone his sexuality, Lawford had a reputation as a ladies' man, even as he was married to Patricia Kennedy. He allegedly had many affairs with famous women, including Ava Gardner, June Allyson, Lana Turner, Janet Leigh, Rita Hayworth, Dorothy Dandridge, Lucille Ball, Judy Holliday, Judy Garland, Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly, Kim Novak, Jackie O, Nancy Reagan, and Elizabeth Taylor, to name a few.

These affairs made Peter more of a celebrity than a movie star, especially when he was made member of the "Rat Pack." Later in life, Lawford fell into drug and alcohol abuse. This plus strained relationships and financial difficulties caused a great deal of stress on his increasingly fragile health. Lawford died alone in a hospital in Los Angeles on Christmas Eve 1984 of liver and kidney disease culminating in cardiac arrest at the age of 61.

Interestingly enough, none of the Rat Pack members attended the funeral. This is possibly due to a falling-out between Frank Sinatra and Lawford over Peter's involvement with Ava Gardner.

Monday, November 06, 2006

Classic Movie Quote of the Day

"Drink is the greatest wrecker of men
since women was invented."

-- Jimmy Durante
On An Island With You

Weekend Recap

I did a little house Lounge cleaning this weekend...
...I'm not sure who that guy outside was (Dyno was in Vegas all weekend), but at least my car got washed! Thanks, random stalker dude!

Anyway, I also went to play golf with Guitar Joe and his dame this weekend. These two guys were in the group behind us, and they kept laughing at me whiffing the ball. One of them was cute; he looked like Josh Lucas. After Guitar Joe made some wry comments about me and the Josh Look-a-Like laughed, I turned to him and said, "Look, I know I suck at golf." The Josh Look-a-Like said, "No, I think you're actually better than I am." Laughing, I said, "I know suckiness, and you sir, are not sucky!" He watched me hit the ball and then again I turned to him and said, "Yeah, I really suck. I could outsuck you any day!" Then I realized what I said as everyone laughed.

After my humiliation on the golf course, we went to see the Borat movie. I really didn't think I'd like the movie as much as I did. I figured it'd be funny, but not laugh-out-loud or cover-your-eyes screaming funny. If you're not overly-sensitive and realize that this guy is doing satire, you should go see it.

I also have to find a new Lounge. The building I'm currently in is being converted to condos and I have until February to find a new residence. So I did a little driving around over the weekend in various 'hoods. I'm really gonna miss my old place. Random stalker and all.

Friday, November 03, 2006

Romance Cheese Friday

Can you believe it? After such a long time I finally get my perky rear in gear and give you another romance novel exerpt.

This week's (or month's, rather) is from A Brother's Betrayal:
She felt Nicky's eyes burning in to her skin from across the table. She hesitated to look up; she didn't want to see his thoughts behind those heavy lashes. But she knew...knew what her brother-in-law was craving, knew that it was a forbidden hunger. But it made her body tingle and a warmness pass through her all the same.
One word: Ewwwwwwwwwwww!

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Mee-Yow Thursday

While filming Gone With the Wind, Vivien Leigh reportedly did not like kissing Clark Gable because she said that he had excessively bad breath due to smoking.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Anniversary Contest!

On November 21st we'll be celebrating our
1-Year Anniversary
And to celebrate, the Lounge will be giving
two lucky winners* -- one male, one female -- a FREE t-shirt!

The t-shirt will be an original design by me, Sweepea!
(I'm not sure if it's one of the designs above, but it'll be something like it!)

To enter, just email me at
with the subject line "Contest."

Winners will be picked at random
and announced at the end of this month!

Fake Flower Bed Not Included

This retro-futuristic piece is quite confusing... I don't know if this is a table or a seat, but I think the aluminum siding overhang really makes it. [Plan 59]